Ellsworth Housing Authority

80 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
(207) 288-4770
Wait List Status

About Ellsworth Housing Authority

The Ellsworth and MDI Housing Authorities provide housing assistance and related services to individuals and families who face income or other life challenges. We provide the opportunity for them to become self-sufficient and economically independent. We believe everyone deserves a good home.

The first three housing authorities to be established on Mount Desert Island were Southwest Harbor, Bar Harbor and Mount Desert, all on May 3, 1973. The Town of Tremont Housing Authority was established next on October 13, 1974 and the City of Ellsworth Housing Authority on September 13, 1983.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth Housing Authorities is to provide decent, safe, and sanitary housing for low-income citizens of the greater Mount Desert Island and Ellsworth areas.

Program Summary for Ellsworth Housing Authority

Ellsworth Housing Authority is a public housing agency that helps provide decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. Ellsworth Housing Authority manages several funded programs and has a total of 60 subsidized affordable housing units for rental assistance. Ellsworth Housing Authority administered a total of 1,526 Section 8 Vouchers. Ellsworth Housing Authority currently has low rent units and Section 8 Voucher as its program type. Ellsworth Housing Authority is located at 80 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 and serves the city of Bar Harbor. Income limits, fair market rents and rent rates vary with each agency. Please contact Ellsworth Housing Authority at, (207) 288-4770 for more information about coverage area and program availability.

Current Status Active
Size of Ellsworth Housing Authority compared nationally Large
Last Updated 11/29/2014
Total Numbers of Communities N/A
Total numbers of Administered Section 8 Voucher 1,526
Total numbers of Administered Public Housing Units N/A
Waiting list for the Ellsworth Housing Authority is currently Open

2016 Income Limits for Hancock County, ME

HUD sets Income Limits for each area based on the median family income in that area. Each Public Housing Agency (PHA) will use the Income Limit set for the jurisdiction that the PHA covers. Therefore, a family may be eligible for one PHA but not another. The number of people in a household determines the Income Limit that is set for determining the family's eligibility for the program that they are applying for. Below are the Income Limits for Hancock County, ME:

Median Income
Income Limit Category
Persons in Family
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 50%
  • Very Low Income Limit
  • $21,600
  • $24,650
  • $27,750
  • $30,800
  • $33,300
  • $35,750
  • $38,200
  • $40,700
  • 30%
  • Extremely Low Income Limit
  • $12,950
  • $16,020
  • $20,160
  • $24,300
  • $28,440
  • $32,580
  • $36,730
  • $40,700
  • 80%
  • Low Income Limit
  • $34,550
  • $39,450
  • $44,400
  • $49,300
  • $53,250
  • $57,200
  • $61,150
  • $65,100

2017 Fair Market Rents for Hancock County, ME

Fair Market Rents are HUD's determination of the average rents in a particular area for each bedroom size. The FMRs are set each year based on the rental rates of unsubsidized units so that participants in HUD programs have equal access for affordable housing. Here are the Fair Market Rents for Hancock County, ME:

Efficiency One-Bedroom Two-Bedroom Three-Bedroom Four-Bedroom
$630 $715 $902 $1135 $1243

Agency Name City State Section 8 Voucher Housing Units Status Distance
Tremont Housing Authority Tremont Housing Authority Bass Harbor ME N/A N/A Open 19.82 Miles Contact
Brewer Housing Authority Brewer Housing Authority Brewer ME 133 154 Open 38.5 Miles Contact
Bangor Housing Authority Bangor Housing Authority Bangor ME N/A N/A Open 43.68 Miles Contact

Housing Authority

Ellsworth Housing Authority Program Type:
  • Section 8 Voucher
  • Low Rent Units
Total Subsidized Units for Rental Assistance Availability

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Hancock County Quick Facts

Population: 54,696
Persons Per Household: 2.17
Housing Units in Multi-units Structure: 8.5%
Homeownership Rate: 74.2%
Housing Units: 40,283
Yearly Income Per Person: $27,797
Median Household Income: $47,460